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Event Name: Establishing Genealogical Proof
Event Type: Family History
Organization: WRHS Genealogical Committee
Description: The WRHS Genealogical Committee Welcomes Dr. Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL to present:
Establishing Genealogical Proof 
2014 Spring Seminar

*There was an error in the most recent issue of the WRHS member publication, The News, concerning this event. The correct date for this seminar is Saturday, March 29, 2014. We apologize for any confusion.*

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Schedule of Events:
9:00 - 9:30 - Registration/ Refreshments

9:30 - 10:30 - What is the Standard of Proof in Genealogy?
The presentation will explain the Genealogical Proof Standard, its five elements, and how each contributes to convincing proof. Examples will demonstrate the standard’s application to simple and complex situations that genealogists frequently encounter. It will answer the question, “How much evidence is enough for proof?

11:00 - 12:00 - Using “Correlation” to Reveal Facts that No Record States
Through explanation and examples, attendees will learn why and how to compare and contrast genealogical evidence and information to reveal a variety of genealogical “facts.”

12:00 - 1:30- Lunch: $10
Choice of sandwich or salad, includes: pickle, chips, cookie and beverage. Orders and payment will be taken at check-in on the day of the seminar. Attendees are also free to bring their own lunch or dine out.

1:30 - 2:30 -  When Sources Don’t Agree, then What?
Attendees will learn why and how genealogical sources disagree and how to detect the “truth.” They also will learn three ways to resolve conflicting genealogical evidence and how
to present the resolution in a polished genealogical product.

2:45 - 3:45 - Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online?
Step by step, attendees will suggest online sources and research strategies for tracing an ancestor who seems to disappear and reappear. The interactive case study will show both how such cases can be solved online and the limits of material online today Step by step, attendees will suggest online sources and research strategies for tracing an ancestor who seems to disappear and reappear. The interactive case study will show both how such cases can be solved online and the limits of material online today.

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About Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL
from the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research website

Dr. Jones is the NGS Quarterly editor, Board for Certification of Genealogists trustee and past president, former Association of Professional Genealogists trustee, 2004 recipient of APG’s Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit, and 1997 and 2002 winner of the National Genealogical Society Award for Excellence for articles in the NGS Quarterly. He has been certified since 1994. A professor of education at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., he is a genealogical educator who speaks and writes frequently on genealogical evidence, proof, and problem solving. Personal and professional genealogical research since 1964 has taken Jones to records of all states east of the Mississippi plus Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas. His experience includes on-site research in courthouses, libraries, and archives in most of those states, the Family History Library, and other major genealogical repositories. He also has conducted research in records of France, Germany, and Ireland, and on-site research in Ireland. His specialties, however, are Georgia, Ireland, and Virginia.

Jones's first scholarly genealogical essay, published in the NGS Quarterly in 1990, addressed the complexities of discovering and documenting an unrecorded surname change and applying the discovery to reconstruct relationships in an early American family. Altogether Jones has contributed ten articles to NGSQ, six of which have dealt with analyzing difficult genealogical problems and developing sound conclusions. His 1997 NGSQ Award for Excellence recognized an essay explaining how name variations, a common surname, misinformation in a death certificate, census inconsistencies, and an altered record were overcome to connect a Florida family to its Virginia forebears. The 2002 award was for an article demonstrating and explaining how to piece together indirect evidence to reconstruct a lineage in eighteenth-century Ireland.

Location: Research Library
Address: 10825 East Boulevard
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Start Date/Time: 3/29/2014, 9:00 AM
End Date/Time: 3/29/2014, 4:00 PM